Category: Buffalo Locals

Day 4: Up & Coming Women in Buffalo: Diamond Do Salon & Boutique & The Diamond Do Brand


Day four of the up and coming women in Buffalo series brings us to the spicy and sexy Mercedes Diamond, Owner and CEO of the Diamond Do Salon & Boutique as well as the Diamond Do Brand.


Since the age of 8, Mercedes has known she always wanted her own salon. After college and working in Corporate America she decided it was time to follow her dreams. She moved back to Buffalo and opened a private, upscale salon and boutique in Cheektowaga, NY.

Diamond Do Salon & Boutique specializes and provides services in:

  • Healthy Hair & Healthy Hair Maintenance
  • Sew in extensions
  • Braidless extensions
  • Color
  • Cut
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Scalp Treatments

The Salon & Boutique also sells jewelry, Diamond Dolls apparel, high quality virgin Brazilian hair and much more.

Mercedes has “always believed that Buffalo has so much potential of being an amazing city that could be the next Chicago, Atlanta, DMV (DC,MD, VA area). I have lived and visited several thriving cities and it always makes me think what Buffalo could be…we have so many natural resources and beautiful assets; such as our historic buildings, bodies of water, the fact that we can get to another country in minutes!…”

The goal of Diamond Do is to promote a “Diamond Do” lifestyle and mindset for people, meaning taking care of yourself, following your dreams, working on a better you. Its the belief that you are a rare and precious jewel that deserves to shine. Therefore, you treat yourself as a DIAMOND by DOING things to keep yourself shining!

The potential and the people are what Mercedes loves and its what keeps her in Buffalo. “The people make a way out of no way, the fact that we fight for our small businesses and we are passionate about our city even when things may look bad, that all takes heart. Gotta love people with heart!”

Diamond Do Salon & Boutique is an appointment only salon and boutique.

To make an appointment you can contact Mercedes Diamond at: (716) 390.9464

Email her at: and check out the website:

And of course follow on the social media sites:

Facebook: Diamond Do Brand and Diamond Do Salon

Twitter: @thediamonddobrand and @mercedesdiamond

Instagram: Diamond Do Brand

Start taking care of yourself and bring out the diamond in you. You will be happy you did. Call Mercedes and book an appointment today!


The Salon
The Salon
Diamond Dolls photo shoot
Diamond Dolls photo shoot
Diamond Doll Apparel available for purchase
Diamond Doll Apparel available for purchase
You to are a Diamond Doll
You to are a Diamond Doll
Inspiration during the week
Inspiration during the week from the Diamond Doll Team





Day Three: Up & Coming Women in Buffalo: Jenny Lynn Photography

Document2Today is day three of this mini-series and I’m writing about a friend who decided to take her passion of photography and make it a business.

Jenny Stauffer, from Jenny Lynn Photography is an, on-location photographer. She has always had a camera in her hand and after college she took her love for photos to the next level. After going on some photo shoots with a cousin who is also a photographer she new she had to pursue her dream. Jenny say’s she “instantly fell in love with capturing moments in peoples lives. They will never get back these moments and I love knowing they will always have those images I took for them, for a lifetime. It’s priceless.”

Jenny Lynn Photography photographs

  • Newborns
  • Infants
  • Children
  • Families
  • Engagements
  • Special Events

Her specialty is definitely sessions that involve children, “I love candids.” Included with her prices comes a Photo CD with all the edited, high resolution images and a copyright release to print photos for personal use.

To contact Jenny you can email her at:

Check out her website here:

or “Like” her page on Facebook: Jenny Lynn Photography

Jenny has photographed some of my special events for work over the last couple of years and I’m always thrilled with the wonderful work she captures for me. Knowing she is taking the photos for my events is one less thing I have to worry about.

Jenny loves the variety of places to go in Buffalo and the surrounding areas for photo sessions. “I never have a hard time offering up outside locations with beautiful backdrops! It’s truly a beautiful city!”

If you’re looking for a photographer who loves capturing moments contact Jenny, she doesn’t disappoint.


For photo galleries from Jenny Lynn Photography click here or here


Day Two –> Up & Coming Women in Buffalo –> Just B Creative


Day Two of the up and coming women series in Buffalo takes us to Niagara Falls, NY where Creative Designer, Betsy Aquilar, owner of Just B Creative creates one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, personalized jewelry and fashion accessories.

New jewelry line for Bales Clothing
Designed by Just B


Jewelry from Just B Creative

6ce634447bc011e2a73f22000a9e28ad_5Just B who is originally from NYC, moved to Buffalo and recently discovered the entire underground fashion movement here. Since being diagnosed with bi-polar six years ago she found that her creative craft became therapeutic and now self-fulfilling, especially when others are supportive and appreciative, it gives her the “hunger” to create more.

This past December I had the opportunity to invite Just B to be a vendor at Ooo La La Boutique’s, Deck the Halls for Main St. Runway Fashion Show that Crista Botticello and I put together. It was the first vendor table opportunity at a fashion show for Betsy and she instantly became addicted to the positive, energetic and creative atmosphere. Her amazing designs and creative taste were a big draw and since then she has had the opportunity to share her gift with a handful of local fashion designers. Most recently, Just B Creative’s handmade bracelets, necklaces and belts accessorized Steven Bales Runway Show- First Call.

Just B Creative offers the following services:

  • Vendor Charity Events
  • Provides her own Jewelry and Accessories for Photos Shoots & Fashion Shows
  • Private Home Parties
  • Personalized Gifts (invites, center pieces, favors) for all occasions
  • Handcrafted Personalized Jewelry & Fashion Accessories

Just B is currently working on a REUSED line which is deconstructed, reused, recycled ties and converting them into neckties, neck scarves and necklace ties, making it a one-of-a-kind item. Just B is also branching out into belts and purses with ties and has recently became a designer for Steven Bales jewelry line. As she continues to move forward with her creative flow, she hopes to be a designer in a fashion show, having the role models wearing her reused necktie pieces.

To contact Just B you can call her at (716) 870.0743

Follow her on Instagram: Justbcreativebyjustb

Find her on Facebook: Justbcreative Byjustb

And to read more about Just B click here: Justbcreative

I was introduced to Betsy through my event this past December and her personal story stuck with me. Everyone goes through difficult times, its what you choose to do during those times that makes you either overcome the hard times or give in to them. Just B chose to use her creative niche and started something great. If you have the opportunity to meet this young lady, I’m confident in saying that she will be an inspiration to you.



Day One –> Up & Coming Buffalo Women –> Love Chef DJ


This week kicks off a week of me showcasing some of the best up and coming young women in Buffalo who have chose to pursue their dreams in their hometown.

While starting your own business and following your dreams anywhere can be difficult, you read and hear about a lot of people from this particular area leaving because the area isn’t thriving like it once did back in the early 1900’s, but for these young women they believe in the area and are excited for the future.

Bon Appetit by Chef DJ
Bon Appetit by Chef DJ
Seared scallops, sweet potato polenta, sautéed baby arugula, pickled daikon radish & onion

Today I am talking about Danielle Jakubowski aka Love Chef DJ.


Danielle has always loved to help in the kitchen, from an early age she was preparing meals with her Mom and Grandma. As she got older she continued to spend her time in the kitchen and realized she wanted to pursue her career in the Culinary Arts. She began studying at Erie Community College and during that time she landed her first formal cooking position in town at Shango Bistro. From there she was encouraged by her professors to attend a more technical school in NYC. She attended the French Culinary Institute for four years. After that time she moved back to Buffalo and returned to Shango Bistro moving up, as a Sous Chef.

Cooking, for Danielle, is a sense of calm. She really enjoys cooking because “food warms people’s souls. When people enjoy your food you get an instant return on the hard work time and love you put into it.”

It is Danielle’s mission to get more people in the kitchen and out of the fast food restaurants, making people more knowledgeable and conscious about the benefits of healthy eating and home cooked meals. “I love that Buffalo is a city in which people really take pride in living here. Buffalo, as a community, shows strong support for our local sports teams, businesses, entrepreneurs and restaurants. Investing in our local businesses is essential to make any community thrive. It builds interpersonal relationships that promote – and result in- upliftment and a pleasant place to live.”

Chef DJ offers a wide array of services:

  • Personal Chef Services
  • Private Dinners
  • Catering
  • Cooking Classes
  • Canning Classes
  • Cheese Education Classes
  • Personal Grocery Shopper Services
  • Baking Classes

Danielle focuses on whole foods, making food that is approachable to the pickiest of eaters while leaving the processed foods behind. Danielle’s meals are always fresh and made from scratch and based off of the seasonal produce and cuisine.

To contact Danielle you can email her at: OR call her by phone at (716) 279.7293

Follow her on Twitter: @lovechefdj

Follow her on Instagram: lovechefdj

If you’re looking for healthy, delicious food Danielle is the Chef to call. You won’t be disappointed!


“Cook with love”
Lobel’s Wagyu filet, Serrano ham & vegetable farroto, leek ribbons
It’s citrus season! Most people think that citrus is synonymous with warm weather, but citrus season is actually in the cooler months. Buy citrus that feels firm and heavy for its size. Last night I made a salad from mesclun, grapefruit segments, toasted walnuts, feta & shaved fennel. I dressed the salad with a vinaigrette made from grapefruit juice, honey & olive oil and finished the salad with a balsamic reduction. #chefdj #lovechefdj #privatechef


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